sharp [shärp]
[ME < OE scearp, akin to Ger scharf, ON skarpr < IE * (s)kerb(h)- < base * (s)ker-, to cut > SHEAR, HARVEST, L caro, flesh]
1. suitable for use in cutting or piercing; having a very thin edge or fine point; keen
2. having a point or edge; not rounded or blunt; peaked [a sharp ridge, features, etc.]
3. not gradual; abrupt; acute [a sharp turn]
4. clearly defined; distinct; clear [a sharp contrast]
5. made up of hard, angular particles, as sand
6. quick, acute, or penetrating in perception or intellect; specif.,
a) acutely sensitive in seeing, hearing, etc.
b) clever; shrewd
7. showing or having a keen awareness; attentive; vigilant [a sharp lookout]
8. crafty; designing; underhanded
9. harsh, biting, or severe [a sharp temper, criticism, etc.]
10. violent or impetuous; sudden and forceful [a sharp attack]
11. brisk; active; vigorous [a sharp run]
12. having a keen effect on the senses or feelings; specif.,
a) severe; intense; acute; keen [a sharp pain, grief, appetite, etc.]
b) strong; biting; pungent, as in taste or smell
c) high-pitched; shrill [a sharp sound]
d) brilliant; intense [a sharp flash of light]
e) cold and cutting [a sharp wind]
13. Slang attractively or stylishly dressed or groomed
14. Music
a) higher in pitch by a half step [C sharp (C♯)]
b) out of tune by being above the true or proper pitch
1. in a sharp manner; specif.,
a) abruptly or briskly
b) attentively or alertly
c) so as to have a sharp point or edge
d) keenly; piercingly
e) Music above the true or proper pitch
2. precisely; exactly [one o'clock sharp]
1. a sewing needle with an extremely fine point
2. Informal an expert or adept
3. Informal SHARK1, SHARPER
4. Music
a) a note or tone one half step above another
b) the sign (♯) indicating such a note
Music to make sharp; raise a half step
Music to sing or play above the true or proper pitch
SYN.- SHARP and KEEN1 both apply to that which is cutting, biting, incisive, or piercing, as because of a fine edge, but SHARP more often implies a harsh cutting quality [a sharp pain, tongue, flavor, etc. ] and KEEN1, a pleasantly biting or stimulating quality [keen wit, delight, etc. ]; ACUTE literally implies sharp-pointedness and figuratively suggests a penetrating or poignant quality [acute hearing, distress, etc. ]

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